Michael Stevenson

Houston, TX

I'm a native Houstonian, who began my career as a Community Facilitator at Ecclesia Church in the Montrose Community in 2009. It was there I learned the value of community impact as well as the ways to mobilize community in support of one another. Following Ecclesia, I worked as an Associate Director of an advocacy driven non-profit focused on activating resources and raising awareness to the needs of impoverished communities in Houston.

Today as an artist, designer and Registered Yoga Teacher I provide creative marketing services, experience consultation and mindfulness workshops to local and national clients.

Most recently on June 14, I co-curated and produced, “There Is Enough For Everyone,” an art exhibition that opened in Houston. The art exhibition pointed a spotlight directly at the reality of scarcity within black and brown communities; prodding the limitations, distribution, and access of wealth in the City of Houston and the country at large.

In July, I was awarded the Let Creativity Happen Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance for a project titled, "A Lot A Land," in case of reparations. The project explores art activism and community engagement to reimagine green spaces in place of overgrown lots in underserved communities.

On October 19, I directed an evening of performances in support of Paul Sepuya and Jaqueline Nova's opening at The Blaffer Art Museum. The evening titled, "Everyone at Blaffer" provided a stage for artists, producers, film-makers and photographers from high school well into professional age to contribute their best. The performances explored space as defined by queer and non-binary voices in contrast to the overt heteronormative structures defining spaces in our country.

On October 25, I was selected by the Houston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs and Art League Houston as one of eleven artists to install work in a City-wide Public Art project supporting a series of community driven, multidisciplinary, temporary public art projects exploring social engagement in public spaces and collective memory across 11 sites in Houston. My work titled, "Pardon Me, Everyone”  seeks to unite us for the future as we pardon our ancestors on either side of the history of the Camp Logan Uprising/Mutiny of 1917. This work is a 112 ft installation located along the perimeter fence at College Park Memorial Cemetery. It is a series of life size semi-transparent acrylic silhouettes depicting soldiers from the 24th Infantry stationed at Camp Logan, police officers, local youth utilizing public transport and residents of nearby River Oaks. The work extends backing the bus stop where the acrylic panels are screen printed with semi-transparent images of Reverend Jack Yates, Corporal Jessie Moore and the other soldiers of the Houston 13.

I believe commitment to authentic relationships designed by collaboration and sharing of ideas can create an environment for abundant opportunities; both in experience and reward. Design solves problems and art asks questions and artist have a responsibility to ask questions others can not or will not.